Ten (10) more Dominicans have been awarded scholarships to pursue tertiary education in the People’s Republic of China.
They are Sarayah Charles, Kelan Blanchard, Jaiic Darroux, Denzel Morancie, Ghislan Baron, Bianca Talbot, Elissa Lugay, Richie Austrie, Mighan Simon and Raissa Henderson.
The students will be pursuing degrees in various fields including Film Art, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Science, Medicine, International Trade, Clinical Medicine and Information technology.
They were presented with admission letters from President of Dominica, Charles Savarin at an award ceremony held at the Garraway Hotel on Monday 13 August 2018.
“Education is key to release the potential of social development from long term perspective. This is important if you are to build back better and build a climate resilient country,” Charge d ’Affairs, Mr. Wei Wenxiu told the recipients.
Wenxiu noted that he is pleased to meet the 2018 recipients, adding that he was “impressed with by your academic performances and your enthusiasm to explore China”.
He added that this exchange of human resource between the two countries remains important for the friendship between the two countries, as it has been beneficial for both countries.
“People to people exchange plays an important role in deepening our friendship and our mutual understanding. The friendship and cooperation between Dominica and China have benefited both countries and people,” Wenxiu stated.
He also reiterated China’s commitment to support Dominica’s economic and social development calling Dominica “a very good and important friend in the region”.
“We will always stand closely with our Dominican friends especially in times of difficulties. We will try our best to support your reconstruction efforts in various fields,” Wenxiu added.
Meanwhile, Minister for Education and Human Resource Development Peter Saint Jean told the recipients that they are fortunate to benefit from these scholarships awards.
“You will be given the opportunity to broaden your knowledge, and understand and experience a diverse culture, tradition, and language. I wish therefore to urge you to make best use of the opportunity that is afforded to you,” Saint Jean stated.
The Education Minister, who stated that the recipients are ambassadors of this country, urged them to “go out there and represent Dominica with pride, and dignity, and please ensure that you maintain a nationalistic spirit”.
“Maximize on the opportunities. Make a life for yourself and ultimately come back and contribute meaningfully to national development. In fact, in this post Maria period, Dominica needs every Dominican to make a contribution to rebuilding our beloved country,” Minister Saint Jean added.